|Forum topic by Steve Kreins||posted 178 days ago||1029 views||0 times favorited||26 replies|
178 days ago
Disaster stuck my shop tonight! After five days of work on my very first cutting board it EXPLODED! Seriously! The darn thing exploded! Have you ever had a cutting board explode?
Here’s what I think happened. I was down to rough sanding it when I got in a hurry. After all, I’ve spent a lot of time watch glue dry. So I had this brilliant idea. Why do all this work with the sander when I’ve got a brand new planer sitting on the bench. I did some practice runs with it so I’m a pro. Right? I had one side fairly even but the other side had high spots, a bunch. But surely my planer would make quick work of that.
First pass I took less than 1/16” cut. It went through smooth as silk. I flipped the board over and started my second pass. BOOM! The proverbial pigeon poop hit the fan and chunks of wood EXPLODED in every direction. I had no idea woodworking could be this exciting. After I showered and changed my underwear, I went back and picked up the pieces.
Here’s what it looked like after the first glue up before the second cut to expose the end grain.
Here’s what it looks like now.
Maybe I can salvage enough to make an apple slicer board.*
1. My table saw blade and fence need adjusting
7. Changing my underwear was the only thing I did right.
Conclusion: NCIS recommends that I go back to Vietnam, I’ll be safer.
-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!